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Lost Alamos: Music

for Jack

(Lost Alamos)
June 5, 2011
© Brian Daniell 2011 ASCAP


If you knew, him, I don't need to explain these lines. If you didn't, just know that he was a friend--the details don't matter. But whether or not you happened on this by accident, do two things:


1. Find the song in your life. Embrace the music, learn the rhymes, know the refrains, sing the chorus. Sing this song with all the courage you have. Don't stop if it gets hard, because it will.


2. Find the song in another's life. Embrace the music, learn the rhymes, know the refrains, sing the chorus. Sing this song with all the love you can find. Don't worry; you'll get it back somehow.


These are the two most important songs in life. All the rest are just for fun. Anyway, I wrote this song this morning (June 5, 2011) and sang it softly for Jack. I imagine I will again (no recording yet).

 

He said his cup was running over

That was the problem after all

When I heard about that last day

I ‘bout hit the wall

I have seen the young and pretty

Swallow stones just to drown

Why does life have to get so heavy

That it drags the sweet ones down

 

Too old to get started

Too young to try to quit

You can find him down by the river

At the place where he used to sit

He liked to watch it flowin’ by

I’ll go down there sometime, too

Sit and listen for his voice

And think about the view

 

He wasn’t much for workin’

But they loved him just the same

Long past time for wonderin'

About what they should blame

He said he really liked the songs

That was nice and meant a lot

Wish he’d spent more time workin' on his own

In the end it’s all we’ve got

 

Too old to get started

Too young to try to quit

You can find him down by the river

At the place where he used to sit

He liked to watch it flowin’ by

I’ll go down there sometime, too

Sit and listen for his voice

And think about the view

 

"Come hear Uncle John's band by the riverside . . . "